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08/16/2012 - 5:00am
Mashup: Hunter's spikes meet ump's face

In Thursday's Morning mashup check out a gruesome video of Torii Hunter's spikes meeting a home plate umpire's face, then take a second to really think, and debate whether umpires are overpaid or not. Also, Michael Jordan is debating Dream Team vs. the current Team USA again, the United States Mens National soccer team beat Mexico in Mexico for the first time in its history, and news of a Michael J. Fox comeback.

Read more about these stories at Thursday's Morning Mashup at the Out of Bounds blog.


08/15/2012 - 10:41pm
Gonzalez, Valentine explain ejection

BALTIMORE -- Both Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and manager Bobby Valentine were ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt in the eighth inning of the Sox' game against the Orioles Wednesday night at Camden Yards.

Gonzalez was first to be tossed, having complained about a quick-pitch by Baltimore reliever Pedro Strop on the way back to the dugout after grounding out to second. After Everitt threw out the first baseman, Valentine then came on the field to continue the argument, ultimately being ejected after making a motion to the umpire.

"My problem with that is that they all interpret their own way," Gonzalez said. "Frankie [Morales] does it earlier in the year and they call it a ball. When I talked to the umpire that day they said the hitter wasn't ready to hit. That's what we base it on. I wasn't ready to hit. That's what I went back to tell Mike. I wasn't ready to hit. There needs to be a universal interpretation of it....

08/15/2012 - 9:35pm
Henry: Players didn't ask for Bobby V's firing

Red Sox owner John Henry, responding to requests for his take on the team's latest controversy regarding players' unhappiness with manager Bobby Valentine, e-mailed the team's beat writers Wednesday afternoon and insisted that at the recent conference between ownership and players, "No one in that meeting at any time took the position that Bobby should be or needed to be replaced."

Henry insisted that similar meetings have been called in the past, and he promised that "ownership, players and all staff especially Bobby Valentine are determined to turn around what has thus far been an unacceptable, failed season. We are all on the same page in that regard and will not waver."

Following is Henry's entire statement.

Here is all I'm going say about this.

First of all for more than a decade we have had a code among players, staff and ownership that our meetings are private and do not leave...

08/15/2012 - 9:02pm
Red Sox collapse again against Orioles

BALTIMORE -- The dropped to four games under .500 for the first time since May 13, dropping a 5-3 decision to the Orioles Wednesday night at Camden Yards.

As was the case in the series opener, the Orioles did most of their damage in one inning, this time scoring all five of their runs in the sixth. Baltimore managed to bat around in the frame after having been no-hit by Red Sox' starter Aaron Cook for the first 5 1/3 innings.

Cook would finish his outing giving up five runs on three hits, walking three. By the time he finally allowed a hit -- coming via a J.J. Hardy single -- the righty had gotten 13 of his first 14 outs via ground balls.

A key play for Cook came with one out in the sixth, when he threw what could have been an inning-ending, 1-6-3 double play ball off the bat of Adam Jones into center field. The error allowed the O's to tie the game at 2-2, and led to Cook's exit a batter later after Matt Wieters' RBI double.

The Red...

08/15/2012 - 5:13pm
Mariners' Hernandez throws perfect game

Seattle's Felix Hernandez threw the first perfect game in Mariners' history with a 12-strikeout performance against the Rays, capped off by a strikeout of Tampa's Sean Rodriguez to end the 1-0 game. Hernandez was dominant late as he struck out the side in the sixth and seventh innings, and added three more in the eighth and ninth innings.

It was the 23rd perfect game in MLB history, with three happening this season. Ironically, it wasn't even the first one at Safeco Field this season. Chicago's Philip Humber was perfect against Seattle earlier this season. The Giants' Matt Cain also threw a perfect game this season.

 


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